Council Members Call for Thomas to Step Down

Sunday, Jul 24, 2011  |  Updated 11:49 AM EDT
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Council Members Call for Thomas to Step Down

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

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At least two D.C. Council members don’t think Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. should retain his seat after settling a suit over $300,000 in city funds he is accused of misspending.

In June, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against Thomas accusing him of using money meant for youth programs on to buy things for himself, including golf outings, trips to Las Vegas, a $58,000 Audio Quattro Premium sport utility vehicle and the publication of a brochure about his public service.

On Friday, the suit was dropped when Thomas agreed to pay back the $300,000 over two years and five months.

Councilman David Catania said Friday that Thomas should step down. On Saturday, Councilwoman Mary Cheh said she doesn’t see how Thomas could serve effectively given the allegations.

Shortly after the suit was filed, Thomas stepped down as chair of the Committee on Economic Development at the urging of many council members.

Thomas still could face criminal charges.

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